From the earliest days of television, variety specials have been a staple of programming. While the TV academy dropped the individual performance award in 2008, the program prize remains one of the most competitive of the Emmys. Two years ago, 62 variety specials were submitted for Emmy consideration. That jumped up to 75 last year and this year is just one shy of three figures. These 99 variety specials are competing for five slots when nominations are announced on July 13.
All 21,000 plus voting members of the TV academy have until June 26 to cast their ballots for their favorite variety specials. In the past, voters were limited in the number of such shows that they could put forth; this year that cap (which was usually 10 per category) has been lifted. Unlike the Oscars, Emmy voters do not rank their choices and nominees are determined by a simple tally.
While both types of variety series (talk and sketch) are simply listed on the ballot by name, the 99 entries for variety specials each has an air date and description.
10th Annual ACM Honors
September 9, 2016
The 10th ANNUAL ACM HONORS is an evening dedicated to celebrating the honorees and winners of 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. ACM Honors featured a star-studded bill with performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and was hosted by Lady Antebellum.
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To John Williams
June 15, 2016
AFI salutes legendary composer John Williams for his career in film, with appearances by J.J.Abrams, Drew Barrymore, Kobe Bryant, Tom Cruise, Will Ferrell, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Seth MacFarlane, Steve Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Itzhak Perlman, Steven Spielberg and Gustavo Dudamel conducting the American Youth Symphony.
The Age Of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live At The Hollywood Palladium
March 21, 2017
At his first LA show in 10 years, Dave Chappelle charges straight into the fire with bits on Bill Cosby, O.J. Simpson and his own brushes with controversy.
Alicia ‘Here’ in Times Square
November 3, 2016
Alicia Keys returns home to New York for the ultimate block party in Times Square. A concert that creates the ultimate 360-degree visual experience as she takes over all the screens in Times Square for two blocks, taking an artistic stand for peace, justice and equality.
All Def Comedy
November 12, 2016
Russell Simmons returns with Tony Rock hosting the uproariously funny, one-hour special showcasing featured comedians riffing on such topics as being a wingman, dealing with insect invaders, dating priorities, jealousy in relationships, hope in politics, and much more.
America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular
December 19, 2016
AGT’s HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR was a first of its kind combining holiday cheer with favorite acts from multiple seasons. This one night event featured music, magic and variety in a stunning special. Acts included Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal, ventriloquist Terry Fator, magician Mat Franco, singer Jackie Evancho and more.
Amy Schumer Presents Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself
May 12, 2017
Normand elevates the plight of the introvert, dissecting the simple interactions in life that can be nightmares for less outgoing people. With precise comedic timing and deft delivery, Normand tackles dating, parties, small talk, manliness, and all the pitfalls of “being yourself.”
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
March 7, 2017
Comic sensation Amy Schumer riffs on sex, dating and the absurdities of fame in a bold and uncensored stand-up set at Denver’s Bellco Theater.
Below The Belt With Kevin Heffernan And Steve Lemme
November 12, 2016
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme team up for stand-up, storytelling and trivia. They bring fans onstage to quiz them about their movies and reminisce about going on a bender while promoting a movie in Australia. Their energetic stand-up addresses the challenges of marriage and fatherhood with a one-of-a-kind raunchiness.
Big Jay Oakerson: Live At Webster Hall
June 18, 2016
BIG JAY OAKERSON: LIVE AT THE WEBSTER HALL, is raw, compelling, and honest to the core as he takes viewers on a journey of brutal truths about his relationship with his daughter, sexual tension between he and his best friend Dave, and plenty more!
Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out
January 31, 2017
Comedian Bill Burr takes the stage in Nashville and riffs on such topics as overpopulation, fast food, dictators and gorilla sign language.
Billboard Women In Music 2016
December 12, 2016
Billboard honors Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Madonna with its 2016 Woman of the Year award at the 11th annual WOMEN IN MUSIC event. Held in conjunction with Billboard’s hotly anticipated Women in Music list, this star-studded event honors the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry from 2016.
Bo Burnham: Make Happy
June 3, 2016
Combining his trademark wit and self-deprecating humor with original music, Bo Burnham offers up his unique twist on life in the stand-up special.
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017
May 22, 2017
James Corden’s second annual Primetime Special, featuring a brand new Carpool Karaoke with Katy Perry as well as highlights from the last year, including the cast of Beauty and the Beast in Crosswalk: The Musical and Carpools with Bruno Mars and Michelle Obama.
Cedric The Entertainer: Live From The Ville
September 16, 2016
Donning his signature suit and fedora, the dapper comic offers a unique spin on getting old, the presidential election and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
Christmas In Rockefeller Center
November 30, 2016
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb host the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree, live from Rockefeller Center in New York City. Featuring musical performances from Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, and the Radio City Rockettes.
Colin Quinn: The New York Story
November 18, 2016
The SNL veteran performs his off-Broadway show about the history of New York and the people who shape its personality. Directed by Jerry Seinfeld
The Comedy Central Roast Of Rob Lowe
September 5, 2016
Roast Master David Spade leads the dais in a night of burns directed at Hollywood’s nearly perfect man, Rob Lowe.
CONAN In Mexico
March 1, 2017
In order to combat the negative turn in the U.S.-Mexico relationship, Conan O’Brien travels to Mexico City on a mission: to tape this special in a Mexican television studio with the help of a Mexican crew, and starring the Mexican people.
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy
January 24, 2017
The irrepressible Alonzo skewers Latino stereotypes, pricey luxuries and her mother’s tough-love parenting in a night of sly and infectious comedy.
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
November 4, 2016
Comedian Dana Carvey blends pitch-perfect takes on big personalities with so-true-it-hurts stories from his life as a dad of millenials.
David Cross: Making America Great Again!
August 5, 2016
Cross skewers Donald Trump, religious taboos and American swagger in a provocative night of comedy at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Dear Mama: An Event To Honor Moms
May 8, 2017
DEAR MAMA: AN EVENT TO HONOR MOMS honors mothers with celebrity guests paying tribute to the women who have shaped their success.
Deon Cole: Cole Blooded Seminar
June 26, 2016
Deon Cole gets it poppin’ in Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre in his very first one-hour stand-up special. Deon Cole explains what’s thicker than cold peanut butter, knowing when better looking dudes are around, how to manage his blackness and more.
Desus & Mero: LIVE Election Special 2016
November 8, 2016
Late night hosts Desus & Mero bring their free-form, unscripted comedic commentary to a live hourlong special reacting to the surprising twists and turns of Election Night 2016. Featuring guests including: Talib Kweli, Cardi B and Jim Jones.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2017 With Ryan Seacrest
December 31, 2016
The iconic New Year’s celebration was held live from Times Square. Highlights included the Midnight countdown by Ryan Seacrest with Jenny McCarthy, live performances by DNCE, Gloria Estefan, Thomas Rhett and Mariah Carey and coverage of the Times Square crowd ringing in the New Year.
Doug Stanhope: No Place Like Home
September 15, 2016
Doug Stanhope performs live in his hometown of Bisbee, Arizona, tackling an assortment of hard-hitting issues, from caring for the mentally-ill, to Vietnam vets, being locked up abroad and why everyone should kick like they kick. Watch him battle ISIS for the disenfranchised, angry youth.
December 31, 2016
Leading up to the New Years, the Univision family covers the year’s biggest moments broadcasting from Times Square, Vegas, San Antonio & Mexico City a 7 hour celebration including musical performances and A-list talent you don’t want to miss.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner
April 29, 2017
Samantha Bee’s correspondents’ dinner celebrates journalists and eviscerates fake news. Allison Janney returns to the White House podium, Steve Buscemi investigates facts, and Will Ferrell steps back into W’s shoes. Plus: celebrities roast Trump, Jake Tapper throws shade, and Samantha glimpses an alternate timeline where she roasts President Hillary Clinton.
Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry
December 20, 2016
Watch as Fluffy reflects on his life and more before a sold out house in Chicago, IL.
Garth Brooks Yankee Stadium Live
November 10, 2016
GARTH BROOKS YANKEE STADIUM LIVE was a spectacular concert event designed and built for Garth’s return to NYC, the first since his epic Central Park show in 1997.
Goddamn Comedy Jam
August 28, 2016
Natasha Leggero, Adam Devine, Pete Davidson, Jay Pharoah and Jim Jefferies each tell a story about a song that’s important to them and then perform it with a live band.
Grammy Salute To Music Legends (Great Performances)
October 14, 2016
The music world gathers to celebrate lifetimes of achievement when the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences bestows its top honors to musicians and producers. Featuring 2016 honorees Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, Run-DMC, and John Cage.
November 27, 2016
Hosted by Nick Cannon, the HALO Awards is a concert with a cause, featuring live music and interactive experiences to honor four amazing kids who Help and Lead Others. The feel good holiday special aims to spur kids to action in their own communities through a fun and inspirational night.
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
May 23, 2017
Drawing on experience as a Muslim American, comedian Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” riffs on racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more.
Hip Hop Honors
July 11, 2016
Since its inception in 2004, HIP HOP HONORS has shined the light on all of the show-stopping first ladies of hip-hop, who broke new ground and propelled the genre into the cultural phenomenon it has become.
The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade
December 16, 2016
THE 85TH ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE with Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John and hosted by popular personalities Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, the parade includes musical performances, balloons, floats and celebrity-filled cars making the heralded trek down Hollywood Boulevard.
Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills
September 23, 2016
The stand-up sensation tackles TV’s “Shark Tank,” what it means to be a woman and how to deal with the lawless party goblin that lives in us all.
Janeane Garofalo: If I May
October 27, 2016
This tangent filled special is sure to keep you on your toes. Janeane Garofalo takes on society’s intolerance of gluten and House Hunters International in her newest stand-up special filmed live in San Francisco.
Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking…
September 1, 2016
Grammy-nominated comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy bring their distinctive brand of humor to a packed crowd in Minneapolis.
Jeff Ross Roasts Cops
September 10, 2016
Roastmaster General Jeff Ross talks to Black Lives Matter activists, goes on an eye-opening police ride-along and roasts members of the Boston Police Department.
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin’?
January 3, 2017
Incisive comic Jen Kirkman gets real about women’s bodies, the value of alone time and an Italian private tour guide who may have been a ghost.
Jerrod Carmichael: 8
March 11, 2017
Jerrod Carmichael returns for his standup special before a live audience at historic Grand Masonic Hall in New York City, the show features his subversive, thought-provoking take on cultural norms.
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco
January 3, 2017
Though he’s mostly concerned about what he’ll eat after the show, Jim Gaffigan finds time to joke about kids, phones, trucks and, of course, food.
Jim Jefferies: Freedumb
July 1, 2016
Jim Jefferies unleashes his signature, unapologetic take on a variety of topics that range from personal stories including how he is coping with fatherhood to political and social commentary about religion, freedom and even Bill Cosby.
Jim Norton: Mouthful Of Shame
March 14, 2017
In this unrestricted jaunt through a gleefully filthy mind, comic Jim Norton offers a personal perspective on romance, desire and sexual proclivities.
Jo Koy: Live From Seattle
March 28, 2017
Jo Koy has finally achieved the comedy homecoming he’s been dreaming of after growing up in Tacoma, WA. Filmed live at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Jo reminiscences about his angst growing up with a Filipino mom, and jokes about trying to give his teenage son some independence.
Joe DeRosa: You Let Me Down
February 3, 2017
From Twitter to dating to serial killers, Joe DeRosa proves that there’s no shortage of things to be outraged about.
Joe Rogan: Triggered
October 21, 2016
Joe Rogan takes to the stage to unleash his inquisitive and intense comedic style at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco where he explores everything from raising kids and Santa Claus to pot gummies and talking to dolphins.
Joshua Bell: Seasons Of Cuba (Live From Lincoln Center)
December 16, 2016
In the spring of 2016, a delegation of performing artists embarked on a groundbreaking adventure to the shores of Cuba. Violinist Joshua Bell brings the magic of that cultural encounter back home, joined by Dave Matthews, the Chamber Orchestra of Havana, and the “Poet of Havana,” Carlos Varela, and others.
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids
October 12, 2016
On the final nights of a world tour, this concert special captures what makes the show soar: gifted musicians, deft dancers and a magnetic star.
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble
February 14, 2017
At the end of an extensive tour across the UK, Katherine explores timely themes including white privilege, family dynamics, the power of celebrity, ageism, Canadian defense protocol, how to relax and that one part of her body she was surprised to learn her ex-boyfriend was paying such close attention to.
Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus
November 10, 2016
In her fifth comedy special, Kathleen Madigan talks about growing up Irish Catholic in Ferguson Missouri, her parents staying at The Villages and her obsession with missing Malaysian flight 370.
39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
December 27, 2016
President and Mrs. Obama’s final Kennedy Center Honors celebration with musical tributes to James Taylor, Eagles, Mavis Staples and classical pianist Martha Agerich. Also, honoring Al Pacino and his body of work. Hosted by Stephen Colbert featuring an unforgettable and breathtaking multimedia performance/tribute to JFK.
Kurt Braunohler: Trust Me
March 3, 2017
Kurt Braunohler revisits a humiliating masturbation session, shares his theory on sex between redheads and unloads on the insanity of satellite radio.
Kyle Kinane: Loose In Chicago
October 16, 2016
Filmed at the historic Metro, Kinane addresses the terrestrial woes that plague us all, or none of us whatsoever. A cross section of concealed carry opponents, gout survivors, and historians of personal regret would probably get a kick out of this latest offering.
Late Night With Seth Meyers New Year’s Eve Special
December 31, 2016
This Seth Meyers New Year’s Eve special features a Closer Look at politics in 2016, interviews with Jennifer Lawrence and SNL’s Leslie Jones, and Kelly Clarkson singing “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Hamilton. Also, Seth attends Arnold Schwarzenegger’s exclusive New Year’s Party at the Rainbow Room and barely gets out alive.
Laurie Kilmartin: 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad
December 29, 2016
Laurie Kilmartin is a writer for CONAN, and, as a stand-up comedian, has appeared on CONAN, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. 45 JOKES ABOUT MY DEAD DAD is a stand-up special about cancer and death, grief and loss. Plus dick jokes.
Louis C.K. 2017
April 4, 2017
Louis C.K. muses on religion, eternal love, giving dogs drugs, email fights, teachers and more in a live performance from Washington, D.C.
Lucas Bros: On Drugs
April 21, 2017
Deadpan twin comics Keith and Kenny Lucas take the stage in Brooklyn with a set that touches on drugs, race, Deion Sanders, teachers and O.J. Simpson.
Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular
July 4, 2016
TODAY show co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall return to emcee the broadcast of MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, which includes performances by Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, the Radio City Rockettes and more.
Maria Bamford: Old Baby
May 2, 2017
Maria Bamford performs a rapid-fire, playful stand-up set for crowds at park benches, bowling alleys and LA theaters in this roving comedy special.
Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special
February 7, 2017
MICHAEL BOLTON’S BIG, SEXY VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL serves one purpose: to get people in the mood. In the midst of the special’s absurdist adventures, Bolton performs classic hits and all-new love-making songs. Special guests include: Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Michael Sheen and Sarah Silverman.
Michael Che Matters
November 25, 2016
“SNL” Weekend Update co-anchor and former “Daily Show” correspondent, Michael Che brings down the house with his laid-back style as he tackles society’s most controversial actions through his hilarious prism at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes
February 28, 2017
In his all-new stand-up comedy special, Birbiglia tiptoes hilariously through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Join Mike as he learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at.
January 29, 2017
Over 87 women from all over the globe represent their country and compete for the title of MISS UNIVERSE, one of the most important and publicized pageants in the world. The competition, hosted by Steve Harvey, with backstage correspondent, Ashley Graham features performances from Boyz II Men and Flo Rida.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting
December 5, 2016
Hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, The 2016 NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING celebrated a 94-year old tradition with a spectacular concert featuring a star-studded lineup including James Taylor, Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Marc Anthony, The Lumineers and Yolanda Adams.
National Memorial Day Concert
May 28, 2017
The 28th NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, hosted by Joe Mantegna and Laurence Fishburne and broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol, features an all-star lineup of actors and musicians honoring the service and sacrifice of our military, their families, and all those who have given their lives for our country.
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics
January 17, 2017
Wicked one-liners and soul-baring confessions converge in this uniquely intimate stand-up special from “Chappelle’s Show” co-creator Neal Brennan.
New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly 2016
December 31, 2016
Once again ringing in the New Year, Carson Daly will host from the heart of Times Square, with Mel B. The broadcast will feature special performances from musical superstars Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Pentatonix and Blake Shelton.
Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally: Summer Of 69 No Apostrophe
May 19, 2017
Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are yanking the britches right off of their marriage, exposing the salacious details of their fiery union for all the world to enjoy, featuring songs, funny talking, heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion.
Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery
May 9, 2017
In this new stand-up special, Norm Macdonald delivers sly, deadpan observations from an older – and perhaps even wiser – point of view.
A Pentatonix Christmas Special
December 14, 2016
Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Pentatonix, take viewers on a holiday musical journey filled with joy, heart and laughter as the group performs some of their holiday favorites. Country icon Dolly Parton, superstar Reba McEntire, and Grammy® Award-winner Kelly Clarkson join Pentatonix for one-of-a-kind performances.
Pete Davidson: SMD
October 29, 2016
Pete Davidson reveals the quickest way to ruin his day, explains why he’s trying to smoke less weed and recalls his experiences at a Justin Bieber concert.
Pete Holmes: Faces And Sounds
December 3, 2016
Comedian/writer/actor Pete Holmes shares his hilarious insights into life’s most absurd moments in his stand-up special, taped before a live audience at the Vic Theatre in Chicago.
Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution
December 31, 2016
PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION returns for a third annual New Year’s Eve party, broadcast live from Miami’s Bayfront Park, with the breathtaking skyline and waterfront views as a backdrop to the celebration. Pitbull will start the year off right with great music and epic surprises to ring in 2017 Miami-style.
Quincy Jones: Burning The Light
June 2, 2016
Quincy Jones, a standup comic diagnosed with stage-four mesothelioma cancer, debuts in his first HBO comedy special – the culmination of a dream he shared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Jones learned on DeGeneres’ show HBO would air his special, filmed at the Teragram Ballroom in LA.
The Red Nose Day Special
May 25, 2017
Chris Hardwick hosts the third annual THE RED NOSE DAY SPECIAL, raising money and awareness for children living in poverty. Featuring comedy, musical performances and compelling films – the special includes the much-anticipated “Red Nose Day Actually,” a short “Love Actually” reunion film from Richard Curtis.
Reggie Watts: Spatial
December 6, 2016
A one-of-a-kind surrealist experimental comedy adventure. The completely improvised show weaves together sketches, short stories, and dream sequences creating a truly unique experience. Watts waxes poetic about flight, grits, and guns – and takes the audience on a trip fantastic they will not soon forget.
2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
April 29, 2017
With heartfelt speeches and once-in-a lifetime musical performances and collaborations, the 32nd annual ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY celebrates 2017’s honorees: Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, Nile Rodgers, Tupac Shakur and Yes.
Rock The Troops
December 13, 2016
ROCK THE TROOPS is a music-entertainment experience honoring the brave men and women of America’s Armed Services. This compelling and modern tribute took place at the historical Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and brought together A-list headliners from music, comedy and film, entertaining our troops worldwide during the holiday season.
Roy Wood Jr.: Father Figure
February 19, 2017
Roy Wood Jr. tackles freeway protests, examines the origin of the blues and explains why the Confederate flag is sometimes helpful.
Russell Peters: Almost Famous
October 7, 2016
Russell Peters is back and as fearless as ever in his newest comedy special, ALMOST FAMOUS. In front of a sold out audience in Toronto, Canada, Peters makes a triumphant return focusing on his two favorite subjects: family and race.
Sarah Silverman: A Speck Of Dust
May 30, 2017
Comedian Sarah Silverman takes the stage in LA and discusses laser hair removal, the stress of getting a new dog, her sisters and much more.
Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That?
October 1, 2016
Stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco asks the questions most people won’t in WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? Filmed at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, Maniscalco blends his high energy physicality and inimitable facial expressions to send up modern life through the lens of his old-world, Italian-American upbringing.
Showtime At The Apollo
December 5, 2016
Award-winning comic Steve Harvey hosts a two-hour special, reimagining the classic variety showcase series.
Stand Up To Cancer
September 9, 2016
STAND UP TO CANCER will appeal to the public for support and donations to fund cutting-edge cancer research. The star-studded live event will engage viewers with powerful patient stories, musical performances and a moving call-to-action.
Stayin Alive: A Grammy Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees
April 16, 2017
Celebrating the greatest hits of The Bee Gees with great performances by John legend, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and an emotional tribute to the deceased Brothers Gibb by Celine Dion. Evocative and memorable.
Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?
November 8, 2016
Airing live from The Ed Sullivan Theater, THE LATE SHOW’s Stephen Colbert reacts in real-time to the election results as the state by state returns come in. On a historic and unexpected evening, the show goes off-script allowing the host and guests to react honestly to the news.
Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America
January 12, 2017
For the dedication of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, a celebration of cultural contributions of African Americans through music, comedy and dance. Starring Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Dave Chappelle, Herbie Hancock, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Tuskegee Airmen, among others.
Taraji’s White Hot Holidays
December 8, 2016
TARAJI’S WHITE HOT HOLIDAYS is the second annual music and variety special, hosted by Taraji P. Henson. The one-hour special featured renditions of classic holiday songs by entertainment superstars, comedic short films and sketch comedy.
Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come
December 20, 2016
A 2-hour special celebrating Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday, with tributes from music’s most prominent artists including Michael Bublé, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder as well as retrospective segments on his extraordinary life and career highlighted with archival footage and photos. Hosted by Alec Baldwin as “Tony Bennett.”
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive
May 16, 2017
In his first special since his serious car accident, Tracy Morgan cracks jokes about life in a coma, his second marriage and his family’s dark side.
Trailblazers Honors 2016
June 25, 2016
From the Stonewall Riots to the passage of marriage equality nationwide, the TRAILBLAZERS HONORS 2016 spotlights the pioneers who bravely fought for equality. The special featured support for Orlando from celebrities and dignitaries, performances dedicated to the innocent lives lost, moving footage from Orlando, where community members were interviewed.
Trevor Noah: Afraid Of The Dark
February 21, 2017
At the historic Beacon Theater, the comedian ponders the absurdity of colonialism and muses over the challenges a black James Bond might face, while reliving the true measure of a “wee little drink” in Scotland.
Triumph Summer Election Special 2016
August 11, 2016
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog returns to the campaign trail, interviewing protesters, delegates, reporters and more at the RNC and DNC. Segments include a Roger Ailes lookalike, a Debbie Wasserman Schultz disguise, and an actual focus group of Trump supporters presented with outrageous fake campaign ads to test their loyalty.
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding
April 25, 2017
Comedian Vir Das tackles nationalism, globalism, good food and bad politics in two cleverly crosscut performances in New York and New Delhi.
What Happened…Ms. Sykes?
October 21, 2016
WHAT HAPPENED…MS. SKYES? is a comedy special from the inimitable Wanda Sykes. The variety special spotlights the straightforward and no-nonsense comedy of the award-winning comedian, writer and actress with a focus on life, family, race and politics.
The Wonderful World Of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
November 24, 2016
Julianne and Derek Hough host a magical two-hour special from Walt Disney Resort and Disneyland as they kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.
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